Posted by: livingscripture | April 18, 2011

Monday of Holy Week

From the Word of the Day 

Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased.  Upon whom I have put my Spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations.

                      Isaiah 12: 1                                                                  

How should we live this Word 

Through the mouth of the prophet, God makes His Servant known, this mysterious personage invested by the Holy Spirit, formed and established as the Covenant of the people and light of the nations.  Isaiah foretells Jesus in His mysterious reality as the New Covenant between God and humanity, He who is the Son of God and the Son of Man.  In fact, in reference to Jesus’ death, the Gospel places us within the event that will seal the Covenant.  “Leave her alone.  Let her keep this for the day of my burial.” Lazarus’ sister Mary, out of her ardent love, anoints Jesus’ feet with pure nard and the entire house is filled with the perfume.  True love knows no limits. Mary’s prophetic gesture is fully appreciated byJesus.  It must have been of comfort to Him. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will seek to understand and to enter intoMary’s prophetic gesture.  She was very close toJesusand perhaps intuited something of the suffering that awaited Him.  I want to stay nearJesusas well to console Him with my love and fidelity.                                                                                                     

Lord Jesus, Mary always chose the better part, remaining near You to listen to Your words.  During this week, I desire to spend time with You each day, reading and listening to Your Word of life. 

The voice of Heinrich Schlier, Theologian

For him who was already put to the test, calumniated, cursed, threatened, refused, hated, opposed, persecuted, misunderstood, and regarded as a stranger, forced to flee, alone and abandoned, the Cross already appeared on his path.

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